On March 22, Steven Crowder returned to YouTube after a six-day absence and used a racial slur against Black people.
Crowder used the racial slur when discussing former Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who passed away in 2010.
This was not the only instance of racism during this episode of Crowder’s March 22 show. In reference to comments by CNN’s Don Lemon claiming that Jesus was not white, Crowder said Jesus “probably looked more like a hijacker.” And while discussing a federal program “to provide short-term housing to migrant families who are not expelled by U.S. border officials,” co-host Dave Landau said that “at least” migrants staying in hotels in the United States “won’t need maids.”
YouTube claims to have a policy against racist bullying and hate speech, and the company previously took action against Crowder’s channel for such violations in 2019 before remonetizing his content last year.
During the previous week, one of Crowder’s videos -- which was widely condemned as racist -- was removed from YouTube for infringing the platform’s coronavirus policy. In the wake of widespread criticism, his show aired one episode in his absence, during which the crew and guest doubled down on their bigotry.